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Creating Affirming Environments

Creating affirming environments invites families to take part in the care and well being of their children. The setting provides areas for structured and creative play, rest areas, kitchen and dining area, quiet areas, and an area specifically for arrival/dismissal. More important that the dedicated areas are the materials and the visual affects that theContinue reading “Creating Affirming Environments”

Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The painted picture.

Homophobia and heterosexism permeate the world of young children including books, movies, toys, stores, culture of early childhood centers, and schools.  The readings in the course so far have discussed the manner in which family beliefs have influenced specific aspects of identity, particularly of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Heterosexism is the extreme socialContinue reading “Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The painted picture.”

My collaborative community

Entering this course, I did not truly understand communication or its processes as I understand it now. I am grateful to my colleagues for their contributions. Communication and collaboration requires mindfulness, commitment and effort, not only to understand other, but also to be understood. Miscommunication can present themselves even in the most productive communication scenarios,Continue reading “My collaborative community”

Communication and Culture

Each of us is a product of our cultural background, including gender, ethnicity, family, age, religion, profession and other life experiences. Our cultural inventory provides us with valuable insights for understanding our beliefs, and attitude, our values and assumptions. Thus, it is critical that we reflect on the various aspects of our own cultural identityContinue reading “Communication and Culture”

Words of Gratitude

There are many things that I hope for when I think about working with families of diverse backgrounds. I hope that one day we can all speak the same language in terms of moving forward together. I am hopeful that one day, politics and policies will serve the needs of society. I am also hopefulContinue reading “Words of Gratitude”

The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

A recent encounter with bias, stereotype, and prejudice caused disruptions of grave magnitude, which challenged my belief and personal and professional expectations of the health services.  Circumstances directly impacted by covid led to a long distance relationship with my husband. We had planned on him relocating with me in upcoming months; however my husband beganContinue reading “The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression”

Family Culture

            My identity as a Puerto Rican woman has great meaning for me. We are a mix of people that is a product of its history.  From the native Taino tribes, the Spaniards, African, and to the more recent American influences on the island, every part of the island contains its own richness and culturalContinue reading “Family Culture”

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